Jabhat breaks from al-Qaida

[ by Charles Cameron — and al-Jolani is dressed to kill ] . An insightful DoubleQuote in the Wild: Abu Muhammad al-Jolani's new outfit is clearly intended to reflect Osama bin Laden's. Not Baghdadi's black outfit pic.twitter.com/W82WdVKQdn — Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) July 28, 2016 As Shakespeare puts it, the apparel oft proclaims the man. ** […] Read more »

Putin, Hezbollah on the Brit right, Pokémon Go at the Yasukuni

[ by Charles Cameron — a couple of discordant notes on goings on ] . This tweet from Casey Michel showing contemporary American fans of Sir Oswald Mosley — My look at growing ties between US hard-right extremists and Kremlin-linked organizations: https://t.co/OtslMcDLMT pic.twitter.com/SOoPeMxvHf — Casey Michel (@cjcmichel) July 17, 2016 — looked interesting, so I […] Read more »

Net gains in Turkey and Iran?

[ by Charles Cameron — when two data points contradict a trend, what’s up? ] . Gotta love the graphic of “Twitter being written into the ancient Persian Cyrus Cylinder in an animation film for Farsi Twitter, highlighting the platforms importance for communications in Iran” (upper panel, below): — and there’s something faintly Escherian about […] Read more »

On militarizing the concept of Thought Police

[ by Charles Cameron — a renewed emphasis on the war of ideas? ] . A cluster of items from JM Berger‘s twitter feed this morning gave me pause for thought — but I was careful not to think anyway. Here’s the basic concept: "Destroy the idea" https://t.co/y9PGRfSsvI — J.M. Berger (@intelwire) April 19, 2016 […] Read more »

JM Berger swiftly doubletweets Seamus Hughes

[ by Charles Cameron — coffee on the rocks with blarney ] . Seamus Hughes tweets: Dunkin donuts are hotspots of radicalization. Trust me, I have an anecdotal evidence. pic.twitter.com/pPyxRbVhqA — Seamus Hughes (@SeamusHughes) March 4, 2016 to which JM responds, rapidfire: .@SeamusHughes Yet again it's up to me to point out that this has […] Read more »

On the horrors of apocalyptic warfare, 1: its sheer intensity

[ by Charles Cameron — first in a series of four posts on the central theme of a proposed book ] . In a previous post, I introduced my work on a book proposal concerning Coronation: The Magic and Romance of Monarchy. The second book proposal I’ve put together, which is also currently in the […] Read more »

ISIS: Paganism with an Islamic Face?

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a “zen“] “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Moloch, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 18:21  “They rejected the commandments of the Lord … and served Baal. They consigned their sons and daughters to the fire” – 2 […] Read more »

Turnabout is fair play?

[ by Charles Cameron — fascinated as always by the interweave of worlds ] . If not causality, then at least correlation? Batman goes to Iraq to save the caliphate from the Joker, and other parallels; my latest http://t.co/7PECNZX9O0 pic.twitter.com/rkciaYLv79 — J.M. Berger (@intelwire) August 19, 2015 I’m really not sure which came first, the […] Read more »

Easily the best

[ by Charles Cameron — for sheer quality, informed conversation between bright people on topics of interest is hard to beat ] . Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: My deepest thanks to @chq and @husainhaqqani for a wonderful morning — easily the best experience I have ever had as a speaker. — Gartenstein-Ross (@DaveedGR) August 17, 2015 Chautauqua […] Read more »

The Boston IS and Apocalyptic Conference

[ by Charles Cameron — I was (unexpectedly) almost totally deaf at the time, so the videos of the conference allowed me a second go-around, for which I’m profoundly grateful ] . Richard Landes, opening the Boston conference ** With what I hope will turn out to be the wisdom of a fool, I am […] Read more »